Today the Pittsburgh Pirates made a big wave of cuts, including optioning first baseman Andrew Lambo to Triple-A. That leaves Travis Ishikawa as the only first baseman on the active roster for the other half of the platoon with Gaby Sanchez. However, Pirates' General Manager Neal Huntington didn't exactly say that Ishikawa has the job when asked about the platoon today.
"As we sit here today, yes, that would be the indication," Huntington said on Ishikawa. "But we've got until Monday before we need to finalize anything."
Ishikawa is getting notice for his good Spring Training. However, that's only 24 at-bats, and his career numbers against right-handed pitching aren't much better than what Garrett Jones did last year. Throughout his career, Ishikawa has basically been the 2013 version of Jones, with better defense. That's not a bad option for a depth player, but it's not who you want to go with on Opening Day.
"Travis had a nice Spring," Huntington said. "He gives you good qua...
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